Cracked heels are a consequence of excessively died skin on the bottom of the feet. Usually, we avoid this skin condition, until it becomes sore and painful. As well, this may cause serious infection in heels. Cracked heels can be also accompanied by redness, itching, inflammation, peeling skin due to its thickening. To prevent the appearance of cracked heels take care properly of them in the early stage, not to get to bleeding and pain.
1. Honey and Milk
As one of the reasons of cracked heels is excessive dryness, we have to pay much attention to this. To exfoliate the heel skin, we need to properly clean it and then moisturize. This will help us achieve soft and smooth heels. Do the following procedure every day until you get a visible result:
• Combine 1 cup of honey with 2 cups of milk and then pour the mixture into a foot soaking basin or tub. If you feel that you need more milk or honey in your recipe, feel free to add, but still maintain the ratio 2:1.
• Dip your feet into the mixture for 10-15 minutes and after this massage the affected areas for 10 minutes more. Try to massage them in the mixture, I mean that the heels remain in the liquid, thus it will penetrate the skin more efficiently.
• Rinse your feet with some warm water and apply a moisturizer or foot cream.
2. Vegetable Oil
Vegetable oil is something that you can find in every house, that is why it can be easily considered the simplest natural remedy. You can use olive oil, coconut oil, sesame oil, or any type of vegetable oil. First of all, wash your feet. You can opt for a foot bath as well: soak them for some time in warm water and you could even use a pumice stone to get rid of the dry skin layer from the surface. Then, massage one tablespoon of any of the vegetable oil you have in your heels and soles. After its application, for a better result, put on a pair of short cotton socks. Perform the procedure before going to sleep, the heels to have enough time absorb the oil. This remedy is an amazing moisturizer and creates relief in just a few days. So, you have to repeat this treatment until your heels totally cure. The oil will heal the inflammation and it is also a sanitizer that kills germs that could cause infection. Some people who had to deal with cracked heels tell that coconut oil is a better solution than the rest of the oils, because it is solid and creates less mess and is easier to apply.
3. Rice Flour
Rice flour is a great ingredient that can be included in an excellent exfoliating scrub that will remove the dead cells from the heel skin, thus preventing cracking. As well, it will prevent dryness. For making the scrub, mix 1 tablespoon of honey, 3-4 drops of apple cider vinegar and a handful of rice flour until you get a homogenous blend. First of all, dip your feet into warm water for about 10 minutes, let the skin on the heels soften, and then apply the scrub on them. Use this natural product twice per week to avoid cracked heels. If your heels are extremely dry and cracked, add to this recipe one teaspoon of olive oil or almond oil. Besides exfoliation, rice flour purifies and remineralizes the skin. If you can’t find rice flour at your local store, you can use a muddle or you could pour the rice into a plastic bag and use a rolling pin to grind it.
Make a paste from 1 tablespoon of oatmeal powder and 4-5 drops of jojoba oil. When the paste is thick, apply it on the cracked areas of your feet. Let it completely dry. This process takes usually about 1 hour. After this, rinse with cold water. Repeat the procedure every day until your heels are healed. Also, if you do not have at home jojoba oil, you can do the same recipe using olive oil. Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties that efficiently remove dead skin and softens the heels. Also, you can add a cup of oatmeal in your foot basin full of warm water. If you have some honey (half of cup would be enough) and olive oil, add them into the bath, too. Keep the feet into this mixture for half of hour. In fact, oatmeal is a great ingredient! You can combine it with backing soda, aloe vera gel, Epsom salt, essential oils, or anything you have at handy.
5. Paraffin Wax
Paraffin wax is probably the best remedy for cracked heels, especially if you have reached the stage when they hurt and look already damaged. Paraffin wax can be blended with coconut oil. Just put the ingredients into a pan and warm them up until they melt. Let it cool a little bit. Usually it takes about 15-20 minutes, or until a thin layer is formed on the top. Then apply on the cracked areas. For a better result, leave the combination to act overnight. If you do not have coconut oil, you can use mustard oil instead. If your heels are in a really bad condition, melt a block of paraffin wax, add the oil, and pour everything into your feet bath. Put your feet into the mixture and take them out after 10-15 seconds, then dip again. Soak the feet for many times, until several layers of wax are formed on your feet. Then wrap your feet in a plastic sheet and let them stay so for about 30 minutes. After this, peel off the wax. However, you should know that this treatment is not suitable for you if you suffer from poor circulation or diabetes.
6. Olive Oil
As mentioned above, olive oil is an often used ingredient in the cases when you have fissures in heels. You can combine olive oil with other natural products, or use it alone. No matter how you use it, we recommend you to use extra virgin olive oil. One of the combinations which you can use on your cracked heels is of mashed banana and olive oil. Just blend them together and apply on the heels. Leave it for a half of hour and then wash off with warm water. You can also use olive oil as a mean of prevention against this health problem. After taking a bath, massage your heels with olive oil to improve blood circulation and soften the skin on feet. Also, you can apply the oil in the evening, put some short cotton socks on and let the natural oil act overnight. In the morning wash it off.
7. Mustard Oil
Another natural oil that can be used alone or in combination with other natural ingredients is mustard oil. If you want to feel its effectiveness, apply the mustard oil on your cracked heels and let it soak in your skin for about 30 minutes. Then rinse off with mild soap and warm water. As many other natural oils, the main property of mustard oil is moisturizing. The result won’t let itself expected for too long. Most often mustard oil is used in combination with paraffin wax. Also, for a better soaking of the oil, you can take a foot bath and scrub the heels and soles with pumice stone. At the same time, avoid extremely hot water, because it dries the skin and causes cracked heels. As well, avoid staying in water for too long periods and keep hydrated. Each evening, before going to bed, soak your feet in warm water with a mild soap for a quarter of hour and after this rinse the feet.
8. Petroleum Jelly
Another highly effective remedy to soften the dry skin on the heels is petroleum jelly. This is an intense skin moisturizing product that helps to heal the fissures in your heels in no time. For this, you have to, first of all, dip your feet into salty water for 10 minutes. Then, use a scrub out of coarsely ground almonds or walnuts or use a pumice stone to scrub away the dead skin. Rinse well and dab them dry with a clean towel. In the end, apply the petroleum jelly on the cracked heels. Put on a pair of clean cotton socks and let the petroleum jelly do its miracle overnight. However, some people consider that petroleum products should not be applied on the skin, as they are not 100% natural. So, if you are not an adept of petroleum jelly and/or paraffin, you can opt for the natural oils mentioned above.
9. Epsom Salt
Epsom salt is definitely a natural ingredient that can put an end on your cracked heels. If you don’t know where to take Epsom salt, then you can find it at any drug store that is close to your house. Be sure that on the package is specified that it is for human use (I bet you don’t want to use on your feet Epsom salt for “agricultural application”)! Add a half of cup of Epsom salt to some warm water and soak your feet in it for 20 minutes. Then rub the heels with a pumice stone. And then dip your feet again in the salty water for another 10 minutes. After this, pat dry your feet with a clean towel and apply on the heels petroleum jelly and put on a pair of cotton socks. Leave it to act overnight. Repeat the procedure daily until you feel relief. The upper described process will help you remove the hardened dry skin, thus removing the cracks, and will make your skin soft and smooth. However, if you suffer from any medical disorders (including diabetes or heart diseases), consult your doctor before using this natural treatment.
The acid from lemons is very efficient in smoothing dried and rough skin that can transform into cracks. Our remedy consists of dipping the feet into water with freshly squeezed lemon juice for 10-15 minutes. We remind you not to use very hot water, as it may lead to even more serious dryness. After removing your feet from the bath, scrub the heels with a pumice stone. Also, lemon juice can be just an ingredient of your feet bath. For example, you can prepare a mixture from 1 tablespoon of salt, half of cup of lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of glycerine and 2 teaspoons of rosewater. Add everything to some warm water and soak your feet for 10-15 minutes. Then scrub the dried skin with a pumice stone. In the end, form a foot mask out of one teaspoon of glycerine, one teaspoon of rosewater and one teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply it on the heels and let it act overnight. In the morning, rinse with warm water.